The death of Italy’s military intelligence chief in Iraq and some examples of persuasion

[…] the requirement to dictate the agenda: i.e. the triumphalism was a sign of insecurity – the very opposite of what the battleship set was designed to promote.() Vatican political marketing Students of ‘modern’ political marketing techniques could do well to study Vatican PR. Recognising the importance of ‘celebrity’, it creates saints and, in much […]

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Pius XII, the Holocaust and the Cold War

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[…] of assets looted by the Nazis and their allies during the Holocaust. One particular sovereign state refused to have anything to do with this long-overdue initiative: the Vatican. The legal action that resulted from this refusal is still working its way through the US legal system. Why the refusal? As Michael Phayer makes clear, […]

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Ratlines: how the Vatican’s Nazi networks betrayed Western intelligence to the Soviets

[…] US Justice Department Office of Special Investigations who investigated the activities and war crimes of Byelorussian Nazi collaborators. In Ratlines they describe, in considerable detail, how the Vatican established a network for smuggling Nazi war criminals and East European collaborators out of Europe, mainly to Argentina; and how Britain, and, later, the United States […]

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How many divisions does the Pope have?

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[…] cross referenced it with details of who issued and who received Red Cross passports and travel documents enabling them to make such a journey. His conclusion? The Vatican did it. The operation was enormous and the Holy See was the only body with sufficient connections to do such a thing. But what Goni fails […]

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Vatican Connections

17. Vatican Connections Curious report in IHT (14th April 1983) that an Italian radical mag., Peace and War, had received photocopies of telegrams indicating that the US Ambassador to Italy had worked out a plan to link the Bulgarians to the shooting of the Pope. The US embassy says they’re fakes. It certainly sounds […]

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War and peace plots

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[…] (by them) to support this assertion, although the author notes that he did apparently enjoy visiting Spanish churches and throughout his career had excellent relations with the Vatican. Canaris is described as shabby, insignificant looking, highly intelligent etc. – a man very similar to the anti-hero found in many Graham Greene novels, or a […]

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Pinay 2: Jean Violet

[…] intervals. (3) The Violet-Dubois combination proved durable and effective. As the Cold War raged, the pair acted as a conduit for SDECE funds used to maintain clandestine Vatican networks in Eastern Europe. During the Algerian war of independence (1954-62) Violet turned up at the United Nations, as part of the French delegation, and worked […]

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American PR and Iraq

Mel Gibson’s movie Throughout the ages, the Vatican’s iconic depiction of the Crucifixion has been an example of one of PR’s most effective ‘tactics’: the freeze-framing and subsequent promotion of a single event, to dictate perception, itself a marketing tactic. (The same ‘mind control’ is apparent in marketing today, when, say, a ‘life-style’ freeze-frame is […]

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Right-wing Terrorists and the Extraparliamentary Left in Post-World War 2 Europe: Collusion or Manipulation?

[…] (which began in 1942) (52); the exfiltration of thousands of Nazi war criminals and collaborators from Europe by US Army counterintelligence officers and pro-Axis factions within the Vatican (53); and the subsequent recruitment of Axis intelligence and security personnel by several Western secret services at war’s end.(54) The latter specifically set the pattern for […]

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Brief Notes On The Political Importance Of Secret Societies

[…] society reminiscent of the early Vichy period in France. In 1950, Opus Dei ideologist Rafael Calvo Serer called organised Catholicism ” a potential force such as (the Vatican) has not had since the Council of Trent.” As for Spain, “she must throw herself into the construction of international action that will prepare the future: […]

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